Milwaukee Repertory Theater
In 1954, Milwaukee native Mary Widrig John forged a plan to create a professional theater for the city. The result was the Fred Miller Theatre on Oakland Avenue [now home to the Miramar Theatre], so named after the head of Miller Brewing Company and chair of the theater’s fundraising campaign who died in a plane crash before the project was completed. The Fred Miller Theatre produced a standard repertoire of Broadway hits featuring well-known performers to draw initial audiences. In the early 1960s, the company re-organized by creating a resident acting company and expanding its repertoire to include classics and premieres of new works. The name Milwaukee Repertory Theater was chosen in 1963 to reflect this new philosophy. In 1968, The Rep moved into the 504-seat Todd Wehr Theater in the new downtown Performing Arts Center. The move spurred attendance and helped The Rep establish a firm operating base and a large pool of subscribers. In 1974, The Rep converted a small warehouse space into an additional 99-seat theater, and the Court Street Theater housed artistic exploration, the development of new work and plays suited to an intimate setting.
The Rep moved to its current home across from Milwaukee’s City Hall in 1987. A cleverly converted power generation plant, the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex houses three theaters, the Quadracci Powerhouse (720 seats), the Stiemke Studio (205 seats) and the Stackner Cabaret (118 seats), which is also a full-service, restaurant and bar. Together, these spaces offer a variety of staging options and host a wide range of dramatic fare. The complex also houses all of The Rep’s rehearsal facilities, production shops and administrative offices.
Was traveling in Milwaukee for work and came here to see Guys and Dolls. The show was amazing. It was their preview night so you paid what you could, which was a nice surprise. I will say, I'm a pretty petite person but the seats down in the orchestra section are very tightly squeezed together and had almost no leg room.
Into second year of having a matinee subscription series and just loving the experience. Even if the play is less than expected, one can always count on great performances, interesting set design and fabulous seats. The affordability of tickets and the ability to change dates and times if necessary make 'taking a chance' on a play risk free. Love it.
Black Pearl Sings was very entertaining. Both artists were awesome. The food was great too.
Annual performance of A Christmas Carol was fun; staged in the Pabst this year. Show was quality, enjoyable, and struck the right note for the season. Sure wish we could have gotten some of that popcorn at intermission, but the line/ticketing system was weird and funneled everything through two bartenders busy making mixed drinks.
I love The Rep! We are season ticket holders and donors. Great shows, three great venues, I recommend The Rep to everyone who loves theater.